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Just when we thought last year couldn’t hold any more surprises, we have a new hair trend on our hands and it’s the last one we’d ever expect: the mullet. Yes, you read that right—the iconic “business in front, party in back” hairstyle has surged back into the mainstream. Were we ready for it? No. Did we expect it? Not at all. Are we mad at it? Funnily enough, not really.

Truthfully, the mullet hairstyle started inching is way back into trendiness a few years ago, according to Magda Ryczko, hairstylist and owner of Hairrari in New York City, who has been cutting mullets for her trendy Brooklyn-based clientele for years now. She credits the fact that it’s a “gender-neutral” haircut that looks good on all genders —men, women, and non-binary people—and a resurgence of '80s and '90s style. But the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing quarantines created a mullet-friendly environment that no one could see coming. “It’s the perfect haircut for a Zoom meeting,” Ryczko says. “It’s business in the front and party in the back. Or these days, it’s business in the front and a small gathering of six or less in the back.”

Celebrities played a role in the current mullet renaissance as well. Both during and post-quarantine, celebs of all genders adopted versions of the mullet, from Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus,to Troye Sivan and Rhianna, and most recently, Zac Efron. But they’re just recent additions to the long list of celebrities who have rocked a mullet at some point. “If you look back at the 80’s and early 90’s, anyone who was anyone had a mullet—all the top celebrities, musicians, athletes, they all had one,” says Pennsylvania-based hairstylist Mikey Henger. And even since then, the list is long: David Beckham, Kanye West, the entire cast of Stranger Things just to name a few. “It’s a hairstyle that has never really left,” says Henger, who himself rocks a glorious mullet.

What Is A Mullet?

When you hear the word “mullet” a specific cut may come to mind: Joe Dirt, Billy Ray Cyrus, or Lionel Richie, for instance. But in reality a mullet is an entire category of hair style, all of which have one thing in common: shorter hair in the front, longer hair in the back. Within that umbrella, there are almost infinite variations. “There are so many different kinds,” says Henger. His mullet, for instance, is “an old school rocker mullet” that was inspired by vintage professional wrestling and The Lost Boys, and is slightly longer and layered on the sides. There are also short mullets, mullet fades, and messy shag mullets.

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But Are Mullets Really Cool Again?

“75% of the haircuts I do are mullets,” says Henger, who has also seen a drastic uptick since lockdowns began. “People would never let their hair get to the point where you could actually have a cool mullet,” he says, but thanks to barbershop closures for part of the year, growing hair was easier than ever before. And with that extra length, experimentation can really begin.

Henger says the classic mullet—super close sides, messy top, long back—is the most shocking because it’s the most obvious. It also happens to be the version that’s easiest to cut yourself in the mirror. But the “modern mullet” is a little more subtle. The sides are kept a little longer and the graduation from short to long hair is a little smoother. “I wouldn’t call it a conservative mullet, but it’s like ‘does he have a mullet or doesn’t he’? It’s a very safe mullet,” he says. This style relies a bit more on styling to really make it look like a mullet—slick back the sides and it’s obvious, but mess it up and it looks a bit more just like long hair.

How To Get A Mullet

So if you’ve ever been mullet-curious or are just aching to do something new, there is no better time to experiment with a mullet than now. After all, isn’t that what lockdown hair is all about? As Ryczko points out: “Life is short. Everybody should experience a mullet in their life.” Here’s what to know if you want to rock a mullet yourself.

1. You Need Long(ish) Hair To Start

In order to optimize your mullet capabilities, “you have to at least grow it to a decent length,” says Henger. Getting a true mullet isn’t as simple as just shaving your sides and not touching the back. You have to start with longer hair the whole way around in order to shape it, he advises.

2. Decide What Kind of Mullet Style You Want

If you’re going for shock value, a traditional mullet that’s closely-cropped or shaved on the sides and long and flowing in the back is probably what you want. But that’s the least versatile mullet out there. Have an idea of how long you want the back to be and how drastic you want the sides to look in comparison.

3. Make An Appointment With A Professional

If you’re going for a drastic mullet, you can likely DIY that in the mirror if you’re brave (just shave down the sides and top till you reach your desired length). But if you want any other mullet style, like a rocker mullet or a shorter subtle mullet, that’s best left to the professionals. “A rocker mullet is all scissors and a lot of texture,” says Henger, which is nearly impossible to do on yourself unless you are actually a hairstylist (and even then, requires extreme dexterity). When in doubt, book an appointment (bonus points if it’s with someone who specializes in mullets, like Henger and Ryczko.)

4. Style Your Mullet Properly

Unlike a lot of other hairstyles for men, a mullet is mostly about the cut, meaning you don’t need to rely on styling products to shape it. To make your mullet really shine, however, Henger advises using a salt spray or texturizing spray to create waves. “The best mullet is a wavy mullet,” he says and to create texture, spray some salt spray on damp hair and as it’s air drying mess it up a little with your fingers. Henger also advises against washing your hair too often. “The dirtier the better,” he says, so only wash your hair every few days (depending on how oily it gets,) and use dry shampoo between washes to soak up excess oil.

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50 Upscale Mullet Haircut Styles – Express Yourself

The mullet haircut has been described as many things, and it is one of the hairdos that have attracted a lot of debate over the years.

Whereas some people find it a low-class cut most men love it and also look fantastic in this classic hairstyle. Regardless of whether you like the mullet or not it is still quite popular with some men and this has led to the emergence of the several types of the cut.

The coming of new variations that are based on other more stylish and trendier haircuts is helping to get rid of the notion that thus is a low-class cut.

More men have also realized that it can be a very upscale design if cut and styled well. Although there are many other types of the modern mullet, the following 50 are the most famous ones.

# 1 Hipster Mullet

Hipster Mullet

This is one of the best-looking hairdos that you will ever come across, and it proves beyond any doubt that the hipster look can be achieved with almost any haircut.

The style is created with very long strands that are faded on the sides and trimmed to a couple of inches at the top. The long locks left at the back are used to create the long mullet.



# 2 Vintage Natural

Vintage Natural

The best thing with these hairdos is that you can create them with your natural hair just by trimming creatively with scissors, and you will not have to do too much cutting.

Here the shears are used to cut the top neatly so that it can be shorter than the back and then the strands after the crown are pushed back to form the mullet.


# 3 Classic & Long

Classic & Long

If you keep long locks, then this is one of the best hairdos that you can wear as you will not have to cut too much of your hair. All that is needed is to trim them at the back for some uniformity then cut the top ones shorter and style them forward to cover an inch of your forehead.


# 4 Modern Look

Modern Look

What makes modern styles better and more attractive than classic ones is that they are not overdone or exaggerated. This modern look cut just does enough to create a mullet look, but it does not go beyond that with excessive cuts or styling.


# 5 Pat Sharp’s Mullet

Pat Sharp with Mullet Hair

Pat Sharp has worn a mullet for most of his life, and it is one of the things that he is known for apart from his acts on radio and television. His style is simple with trimming done at the top while the back is left to grow long and bulky to create a unique hairstyle.


# 6 Short & Cool

Short & Cool

You do not have to keep a long thick hair to wear this style because you can also achieve it with a short nicely shaved hair.

Here the strands are cut to a couple of inches long throughout the head, and they are uniform in length at the top and back. The back hairs should then be pushed back, and those on the crown to the front to cover the forehead.


# 7 Wavy Push Back

Wavy Push Back

Wavy locks are amazing, and you can create any style with them without even having to trim them especially if you have a medium length like in this cut.

Here the wavy strands are used to create an exquisite mullet by pushing them back with a comb or with your hands for a more natural finish.


# 8 Sleek & Gelled

Sleek & Gelled

Some gel will always make your style more attractive if you know how to apply it, and if you use a quality type that will not leave your hair greasy. In this cut, the sleek medium length strands are generously gelled then pushed back to finish the fantastic hairdo.


# 9 Mullet Hawk

Mullet Hawk

This haircut demonstrates just how well the classic mullet can blend in with modern hairstyles like the Mohawk or faux hawk.

The hair in this style looks just like most others with short sides and a longer middle but what makes it distinct is the design of the strands in the middle. Rather than being pushed back or to the front they are pushed sideways and some to the back.


# 10 The Fancy Hawk

The Fancy Hawk

The Fancy Hawk is another example of a faux hawk inspired hairdo but unlike the latter the cut and styling is done very creatively. An extensive section that is also well-textured is maintained in the middle and then rolled up.

The sides are trimmed moderately while a few strands are pulled together to form one lock that flows through the sideburns line to create a unique hairstyle.


# 11 Hybrid Mullet

Hybrid Mullet

What makes this haircut a hybrid is that it does not only take inspiration from the Mohawk but instead combines two distinct hairdos. Depending on how you look at this cut you can rightfully call it a short Mohawk or a classic mullet as it has all the characteristics of both styles.


Side Part Mullet

Simple side parts make this hairstyle trendier and modern, but the cuts also add to the beauty as they are also nicely done.

The curly hair is trimmed and left long in the middle while the sides are a high fade design. A side-part line is then introduced to separate the two levels of hair so as to finish the look.


# 13 The Man Pony

The Man Pony

Growing out your hair takes a lot of effort, but if you are patient enough to get the long locks, then you will be able to wear many hairdos like the man pony mullet.

Here the locks are long enough that they can he pulled into a ponytail but instead of this, they are skin shaved on the sides while the long strands are in the middle. Skin shaving the sides creates an amazing disconnection for men who keep full and long facial hairs.


# 14 Blonde Mullet

Blonde Mullet

If you have a naturally blonde hair, or you do not mind coloring your hair, then you can wear this design effortlessly.

This hairdo only involves letting you strands grow as long as possible especially at the back and then styling them. The ones at the back should be left to flow while you can have the top as an Emo style or any other front push design that you like.


Side Swept

To wear this haircut, you almost do not have to do any cuts on your locks. If you keep long strands, you should trim them at the top while leaving the back longer. The trimmed top that should be a couple of inches long should then be side parted, and side swept.


# 16 Long Curls

Long Curls

Men with curly hair are very lucky as they look charming even without doing any fancy haircuts or styling. In this haircut, all that is needed is to let the curls grow as long as possible.

After applying the curly hair product of your choice, you should then push your locks back to finish the look. The longer your curly locks are, the more attractive the style will look.


# 17 The Rat Tail

The Rat Tail

This hairstyle is characterized by the thin rat tail like lock hanging down from the back of your head. It is an excellent mullet if you get it right and is also pretty simple to wear.

This style involves shaving the top shorter while leaving the back long but not uniform. Some of the locks at the back should be left longer than the others to create the rat tail.


# 18 Business Mullet

Business Mullet

Some men prefer to wear formal looks, and so they are limited to a few decent haircuts. But with the mullet haircut, there is always something for everyone.

The business variation is a cut for the conservative men or for those who like to keep things formal. It involves a medium length that has a simple part to divide it into two sections with one being a slick back and the other side swept.


# 19 Loki Inspired

Loki Inspired

Most men haircuts and hairstyles draw inspiration from movies stars and other TV personalities, and this is an example of such a style.

The hairdo involves long bangs that are combed to the back to create the mullet, and it draws inspiration from Loki Thor’s half-brother in “The Avengers” and “Thor”.


# 20 Redneck Mullet

Redneck Mullet

This style is the creation of an all natural hair without any cuts or styling, and so it will only work for men with a thick and long redneck hair.

Here all that you need is to push back the long locks, but you can enhance the appearance of the design by center parting the hairs at the front.


# 21 The Bogan Style

The Bogan Style

Bogan mullets are some of the most recognizable because they have some unique features. This design involves creative trimming of very long strands, and it was a very popular hairstyle in the 1980’s.

To wear this look you have to keep your locks as long as possible and trim them moderately at the top. The longer back should be styled forward over your shoulders.


# 22 The Classic Cut

The Classic Cut

This is the cut that you would see men spotting when the mullet was in trend in the 70’s and 80’s and most of the modern variations take inspiration from it. It is probably the simplest mullet as it only involves cutting the front short and leaving a longer back.


# 23 Curly Gentleman

Curly Gentleman

Knowing how to work with your curls is the best way to get an incredible look for men who have this type of hair.

In this particular hairdo, the curls are gelled and pushed back with the hands so that they can maintain their curly appearance. Their medium size and neat appearance create a look that every gentleman would want to try.


# 24 Mullet Wig

Mullet Wig

If you are not sure how you would look in this style, or you do not have the right strands to wear it, then it is not such a bad idea to buy a wig. You can choose either a long or short natural looking wig depending on your preferences.

A wig will also save you a lot of time as there is no styling involved. These hairs are made with a great material, and very few people would know that it is not your natural hair.


# 25 Ultra Modern

Ultra Modern

This hairdo will probably take you a lot of time to wear and some proper tools and products, but it is worth all the effort. It creates a high pompadour front while the classic mudflap mullet is maintained at the back. The white beard is also given a fantastic style to finish the look.


# 26 The Red Mullet

The Red Mullet

Red hairs are pretty by all definitions, and they are not only the preserve for ladies alone. In this cut the red color makes all the difference and is what makes this a fantastic hairdo because the cut is just a medium length push back.


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The mullet haircut is a classic style that has always attracted varied opinions from men, but it still makes an incredible option for your hair.

Whether you like to keep long locks or shorter ones, there is something that you can try from the 50 hairdos above. And the good thing is that you can always try a few of them to find the one that works best for you.

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How to Grow Mullet Hairstyles – Popular Types & 15 Trendy Styles

The mullet hairstyle is by far one of the most popular hairstyles in the world. Not only it is all business in the front and a party in the back, but honestly, if you were alive in the eighties, you probably had one of these hairstyles.

In this day and age, there are so many different hairstyles available, it is no wonder that time is repeating itself and the hairstyle is slowly but surely coming back into style.

mullet hairstyle for men
The mullet is one of those hairstyles that are definitely popular in the southern states, but it has made its way to Hollywood as well. Britney Spears was actually married to a man with a mullet hairdo and while she and Kevin are no longer together, he is just one of the many celebrities that have picked up on the hairstyle and are sporting it everywhere!

What a lot of people do not know about this style is that it is not just its catchphrase of ‘business in the front and party in the back‘; it is actually a very conservative hairstyle and certainly one that looks great on anyone. Usually, with this style, the sides are cropped very close and the back is left long while the top of the head has quite a bit of shorter hair on it.

The back is mainly where you are going to do all of your stylings for this haircut. The possibilities are completely and totally endless when it comes to this incredible hairstyle, you can do everything from just a simple ponytail all the way to a rattail in the back.

One of the more popular haircuts for the back of a mullet is going to be the ponytail. For a hairstyle that is as old as this one, there are definitely a few modern things that you can do with it.

For maintenance, there really is no upkeep on it and there is certainly not a lot that you can do with it, which works for a lot of people. Maybe some braiding, maybe pulls it into a ponytail or maybe add in some gel and you are definitely ready!


How To Grow A Mullet Hairstyle

mullet hairstyles for men

When you want to find out how to grow a mullet hairstyle, you’ll find many sources of information and advice. But, the best advice for growing this style is actually pretty simple. The mullet is really more than a hairstyle or cut, it is a lifestyle. People who have this style are often very unique individuals who do not travel the road most traveled.

When you want to find out how to grow a mullet hair, you’ll find many sources of information and advice. But, the best advice for growing this style is actually pretty simple. It is really more than a hairstyle or cut, it is a lifestyle. People who have this style are often very unique individuals who do not travel the road most traveled.

Michael Bolton Mullet hairstyle

Deciding on the length of your style will be based on how fast your hair grows. If you have hair that grows quickly, then you may want a long mullet haircut. However, if your hair grows slowly, or gets frizzy easily, then you may want to think about a shorter, more controlled style.

There are two ways to shape your mullet as it is reaching the length that you want. First, you can go to a salon and have your hair cut. The hairdresser will cut the top and sides of your hair short and leave the back long. As your hair grows, you will get regular trims at the top and sides until the back has reached the length that you want. Once your hair is the desired length, you’ll just go in regularly for an overall trim to keep it looking great.

The other method is to let your hair grow the length that you want your mullet hair to be before you get it cut. Many people opt for this method because they don’t have that period when their hair doesn’t quite fit the style they are going for. When you decide to grow a mullet, you will also want to think about how to keep it looking good at all times.

Mullets are hairstyles that require some attention. If you are not used to caring for your hair on a regular basis, you will want to talk to a person who has this style, or a professional, about the types of products and services that you will need to use to keep your hair looking well maintained.


How To Get A Mullet Haircut

Florence Henderson even wore one in the iconic television series, The Brady Bunch, showing that the mullet is a style suitable for a man or a woman. The recent resurgence in the popularity of this hairstyle has left many people wondering how to get a mullet haircut.

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The mullet has been around for a long time as a hairstyle. Although it did not gain mass popularity until the 1980s, progressive stars such as David Bowie wore the style in the 1960s and 70s.

Florence Henderson even wore one in the iconic television series, The Brady Bunch, showing that the said is a style suitable for a man or a woman. The recent resurgence in the popularity of this hairstyle has left many people wondering how to get a mullet haircut.

By definition, it is simply a hairstyle that is cut short in front and on the sides while being left long in the back. There are two popular styles of mullet, the traditional and the ponytail.

This haircut is considered suitable for business and blue-collar workers, though they may have to pull the back of the hair together to form a ponytail and tuck in under the collar. This is the origin of the term, ‘all business up front and a party in the rear’.

To get a traditional mullet haircut, all one needs to do is have the barber cut the hair upfront and on the sides to a short, traditional length and layer the hair in the back to a longer length, often covering the collar.

The ponytail mullet was epitomized by country singer Billy Ray Cyrus in the early 90s. This cut featured a traditional cut upfront and was left long in the back. The long hair could be put into a ponytail or left loose.

Today, It’s not considered to be a mainstream haircut. It is often associated in a negative manner with fans of country music, heavy metal, and Australian rules football. However, many popular athletes and performers continue to wear a mullet.

While getting a mullet haircut is relatively simple, maintaining it so that it remains a stylish look takes a bit more effort and the use of a small amount of gel to create some curl and hold it in place.


Popular Types of Mullet Hairstyles

One of the first “famous” mullet haircuts was seen on Billy Ray Cyrus back in the day when he was first gaining popularity with the country music scene. This style lasted well into the 1990s where we saw John Stamos sport it on the popular television show Full House. There are actually two most popular types of mullet hairstyles.

Classic Mullet

Classic Mullet hairstyle

The classic mullet haircut is one that is cut in a traditional style on the sides and top of the head. The hair around the ears is trimmed short, leaving the back of the hair long and layered. If you have natural curl, it will give the back layered look a very nice, wavy and thick textured look. If you have straight hair, the classic mullet will look as equally nice, having their hair tidy in the front and still keeping a long hairstyle in the back.


Ponytail Mullet

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The ponytail mullet is an ideal haircut for men who intend to wear their hair in a ponytail but have to maintain a formal look for their jobs. With the ponytail style, the front and sides are cut in a traditional way, leaving the back long. When put in a ponytail, preferably right at the occipital bone plane, the ponytail can be neatly tucked inside of a shirt and/or a suit.

It is a very neat looking haircut, one with versatility and easy to take care of. Men with straight hair typically tend to do very well with the ponytail mullet, while men with a natural curl may have a more difficult time keeping their hair from looking “bushy” while in a ponytail.


Latest Mullet Hairstyles

We’ve compiled hair 20 of the best mullet hairstyles for modern men to try right now.

1. Tousled Mullet

Tousled Mullet Hair for Men

Messy bed hair is always a great look if you’re after something edgy and trendy – if you are wanting to take it up a notch then why not pair it with a mullet haircut too?

Ideal for: Oblong, heart and diamond faces.

How to Style: The key to this messy look is in the cut – the ragged bangs and choppy layers. To style simply run through with some wax and scrunch with your hands for that unkempt and disheveled look.


2. Fauxhawk Mullet

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This mullet hairstyle is also a modern and contemporary twist on a fauxhawk.

Ideal for: Oval, oblong, triangle and round faces.

How to Style: By keeping the center run of the hair longer and cropping the sides up as far as the temple, you can create this mullet-come-fauxhawk look. Running product through the lengths enables the hair to be styled up in that traditional hawk way.


3. Mullet with Side Part

Mullet with Side Part for Men

Some face shapes do not pair well with bangs or many volumes around the forehead, so this is a great alternative if you want a mullet hairdo but are worried about framing your face.

Ideal for: Oval, oblong, triangle, square and round faces.

How to Style: Side parts are perfect for those with oval, square, oblong and triangle faces. You can enhance the part by adding in elements like the shaved sides and longer sweeping top as well as some length around the nape.


4. Baby Bangs

mullet hairstyle with baby bangs

The hyper short bangs and longer back makes for a traditional mullet style but with a modern edge.

Ideal for: Oval, square and round faces.

How to Style: The baby bangs are a bold and distinctive style which won’t suit every face. This crop will work best for those with very straight hair that will benefit from the layering around the back and the tapered styling at the nape of the neck.


5. Racing Stripes Mullet

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Naturally, curly hair can be difficult to maintain but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a conventional short style.

Ideal for: Square and oblong faces.

How to Style: A short crop across the top of the head makes this hair type much easier to maintain on a daily basis, however, the length around the nape of the neck gives it an edgy twist. Add some racing stripes to the temples if you really want to enhance this hairdo.


6. Modern Mullet

This style maintains the overall silhouette of a mullet hair but done in a very contemporary and modern way.

Ideal for: Oval, oblong, triangle and round faces.

How to Style: Layering the hair here is key to this neat and suave look. Using a wax or serum the hair can be styled simply using your hands to create this layered look.


7. Precision Mullet

If you want a mullet haircut but also want to retain your long hair, then this style is the best of both worlds.

Ideal for: Oval, oblong, triangle and round faces.

How to Style: Volume is a big must for this look so backcomb the hair at the roots for added lift and then set with a strong hold hairspray to achieve that high gloss sheen and precision look.


8. Punk Crop

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If you want to unleash your inner punk, then a modern mullet hairdo is the way to do it!

Ideal for: Oblong, heart and diamond faces.

How to Style: The classic silhouette of the mullet is brought up to date and given an edgy twist with an asymmetrical fringe and spiked top. Use a straightening iron to achieve the poker straight look and, with a strong hold spray, use your fingers to shape the top of the hair into spikes.


9. Layered Hair

It can be difficult for those with super straight hair to find an edgy and cool style that suits their hair type.

Ideal for: Oblong, heart and diamond faces.

How to Style: Any style with layering is perfect for those who want to add volume and definition to their look. The short layers on top of the head enable the hair to be scrunch dried with mousse for a tousled style that contrasts perfectly with the straight bangs, sideburns, and length around the nape.


10. Mullet Styling for Thick Hair

Thick hair can limit some styles however this is a great example of a ‘do that is perfect for those with naturally bountiful locks.

Ideal for: Oval, oblong, triangle and round faces.

How to Style: By keeping the hair short on the sides it helps with the daily maintenance of thick hair. Blow drying the bangs backward with a round barrel brush can help achieve that sweeping and voluminous fringe.


11. Afro Mullet

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If you are wanting something a little more unique and edgy for your naturally curly / afro hair, then a modern mullet is a great option.

Ideal for: Oval, oblong, triangle and round faces.

How to Style: Your hair type will unlikely permit you to have a longer fringe portion here however you can still maintain some length at the back. The super cropped top is not only very trendy but will be much easier to manage day-to-day too!


12. Sweeping Bangs

Sweeping fringes are great for people with long faces that need framing and pairing this look with a mullet hair makes for a unique and quirky style.

Ideal for: Oblong, heart and diamond faces.

How to Style: The hyper straight sweeping bangs contrast well with the slightly spiked and tousled top and naturally disheveled length at the nape. Not much daily styling is required here – run some pomade through the top of the hair to create some shape and use straighteners to keep that sweeping fringe in check.


13. Mohawk Mullet

For those who like to rock a mohawk but want to change things up a little – this is a very edgy and unique choice.

Ideal for: Oval, oblong, triangle and round faces.

How to Style: Keep the length of your mohawk at the back for that trendy vibe but mix things up by cropping the hair along the top and the crown of the head short.


14. Long Haired Mullet

long mullet hair for men

If you have hyper long hair it doesn’t mean you can’t rock a trendy style.

Ideal for: Oval, oblong, triangle and round faces.

How to Style: This is a great way to add some definition and movement to straight and thin hair. Keep the full length at the rear of the head but add some interest by shaving the sides and cropping the top shorter with layers.


15. Textured Mullet

textured mullet hairstyle for guys

This style really only works for those with straight hair fine hair and is a good way to add texture to otherwise a plain look.

Ideal for: Oblong, heart and diamond faces.

How to Style: The cropped and layered top of the hair is left natural, with the sideburns being immaculately cut for definition. The length at the nape is straightened into submission which provides a strong and trendy contrast.


History Of The Mullet

The history of the mullet, contrary to popular belief, dates back to the 1960s when Tom Jones first sported the haircut. The cut is short in the front and long in the back. David Bowie wore it in the 1970’ and so did Paul McCartney. But it wasn’t until the 1980’s that the haircut really took hold.

The history of the mullet, contrary to popular belief, dates back to the 1960s when Tom Jones first sported the haircut. The cut is short in the front and long in the back. David Bowie wore it in the 1970’ and so did Paul McCartney. But it wasn’t until the 1980’s that the haircut really took hold.

In the 1980s along with an Achey Breaky Heart, came the re-emergence of the mullet in full force. Billy Ray Cyrus brought the mullet mainstream and bands such as Guns N’ Roses and the Motley Crue wore their own style of mullet. The mullets were bigger than ever before with the top being spikes or bouffant style. Highlights were included to add to the effect as well as curls in the back. Germany is one of the countries that embraced the mullet giving it the name Vokuhila.

The mullet had a life of its own. Men were wearing two different looks at one time. From the front it was all business, from the back it was a party. Along with Z Cavarricci pants, big gold necklaces and loafers with no socks, the look was complete. Everywhere you went, there was the mullet.

The mullet lasted well into the 1990s where we saw John Stamos sport it on the popular television show Full House. Who didn’t want to look like Uncle Jesse with his shiny black mullet? The ’90s had a tamer version of the 80’s style, where the front was no longer spiked or high, it was shorter and closer to the head. The back was still long though. This haircut finally gave way to a haircut that seemed to be the polar opposite. Not really given a name, the top got longer and the back shorter. The tousled top was much sexier, with a neat back.

The history of the mullet shows us that this haircut was probably the most loved in its time, the most remembered by name and the most stereotyped haircut of all time.

Now the reference to anyone wearing a mullet today is not really anything you want to hear. It doesn’t look like the mullet will ever return, but will live in history in the minds of those who wore them and in the pictures to show the next generations after that. If you dare!


It is pretty obvious that the mullet hairstyle can really fit on any person and anyone. It is one of those hairstyles that everyone in the world can get away with wearing, no matter what gender or age you are!

MODERN MULLET with Side Taper - 2021

Cool Mullet Haircuts

Even at the height of its popularity, the mullet haircut was not for the timid. Known as the “business at the front, party at the back” cut, the mullet has some attitude.

Some of the most famous mullets are from hockey players like Jaromír Jágr and Patrick Kane and country music’s Billy Ray Cyrus and Blake Shelton. Baseball has seen its share of mullets and there is definitely more flow emerging from the back of baseball caps these days.

With the return of 80s and 90s styles and less barber visits over the year, the mullet is making a comeback. Keep that pandemic length and add some shape. Modern incarnations of the mullet add mohawks, fades, pompadours, flat tops, and hair designs to the look.

They can be short, medium, or long but mullets always have flow. What stays is the same is shorter hair at the front and hair long enough to cover the neck at the back. Check out these cool retro, modern, and futuristic mullets.

Cool mullet styles can be retro or modern.

1. Hipster Mullet

Mullet haircuts for men

Mullets can be cool, very cool. This fresh style combines medium hair on top styled with plenty of movement, faded temples, and some thick flow at the back. Somehow it all works and looks great, although not everybody can pull the look off.

2. Spiky Top + Wavy Back

Short textured mullet

This classic mullet haircut gets texture from wavy hair and spiky styling. Temple faded sides create a sleek silhouette.

3. The Kentucky Waterfall

Long Kentucky waterfall mullet

Look up Kentucky waterfall in a dictionary and you’ll find this picture.

4. 90s Mullet

90s mullet haircut men

With some crispy spikes and blonde tips, this cool look couldn’t be hotter.

5. Baseball Mullet

Classic mullet haircut men

This curly mullet is designed for maximum effect with a baseball hat.

6. Ziggy Stardust Mullet

Mullet with cropped bangs

Perhaps taking inspiration from Ziggy Stardust, this orange mullet features blunt bangs, a temple fade, and layering at the neckline.

7. Side Part Mullet

Modern side part mullet haircut

A cool take on the mullet, medium hair is parted on the side and combed over.

8. Mullet + Fade

Mullet with temple fade for thick hair

A wider version of the popular mullet hawk, this is one way to wear the temp fade mullet.

9. Temp Fade Mullet

Temp fade mullet for Asian men

A temple fade keeps the sides tight in this modern look for straight hair.

The mohawk – mullet is one of the most popular ways to rock this look. Spike hair up, or not.

10. Mohawk Mullet Haircut

Mohawk mullet haircut

This cool look combines two of the most iconic types of men’s haircuts, the mohawk and the mullet. Each one is a bold look on their own and it’s an even bolder style worn together.

11. Wide Mohawk + Temple Fade

Mohawk mullet hawk

A small burst fade behind the ear creates a wide mohawk that adds a punk rock edge to this mullet haircut.

12. Burst Fade Mohawk Mullet

Burst fade mohawk mullet haircut

Rays emphasize this burst fade mohawk. Short hair is spiked up along the top and back before the flowing mullet. It’s a lot of look but works for this gentleman.

13. Faux Hawk + Mullet

Mullet faux hawk beard

If you can’t do the mo, do the faux (hawk).

Instead of short hair or fringe, these mullets feature a pompadour at the front.

14. Retro Pomp

Pompadour with mullet

This cool look contrasts a retro waxed handlebar mustache and shiny pomp with a modern beard fade and longer neckline.

15. Medium Length Mullet

Medium length flow hair men

Business haircuts can be medium length and so so this longer look still follows the mullet formula.

16. Rockabilly Mullet

Rockabilly Mullet

A side swept pomp crowns this flowing wavy mullet with a shaved hair design over the temple.

17. Messy Pomp Fade

Messy pomp fade

Most pomp fades are low, mid, or high but to keep the neckline long, try a temple fade.

18. Pomp Hawk Mullet

Pomp mullet hairstyle
Pompadour mohawk mullet

The first image shows why the mullet is so cool. Length at the back frames the face. This cool version is worn with a wide pompadour at the hairline. A burst fade at the sides creates a mohawk shape with wavy hair creating plenty of texture and volume.

19. Burst Fade + Mullet Haircut

Burst fade mullet haircut

This fresh style has a pompadour at the front and party at the back plus a burst fade at the sides. Mix and match various men’s haircuts to create your own unique look.

It doesn’t take a lot of hair to create a mullet. Here’s how to the the look with short hair.

20. Baby Bangs Mullet

Short hair mullet haircut men

Ultra short bangs take a cue from the trendy crop while the rest of this look is vintage.

21. Short Mullet

Short mullet haircut with fade

A mullet doesn’t have to be long, especially with this thick hair.

22. Short Kentucky Waterfall

Kentucky Waterfall haircut

This mullet, aka Kentucky waterfall, contrasts sideburns with shaved temples and short straight hair at the front with longer curly flow at the back.

23. Crop + Flow

Crop haircut with mullet

Somehow combining a trendy crop and popular flow haircut gives you a mullet.

24. Cool Mullet

Cool mullet haircut men with fade

The mullet can have a bad reputation but this clean look is all good.

25. Spiky Hair Mullet

Spiky hair mullet

A mullet haircut has plenty of impact at any length. This beard with messy spikes are on trend. Extra length at the back is just cool.

All mullets are flow hairstyles but not all flow hair is a mullet. Flow isn’t all about length, it’s about attitude.

26. Hockey Hair + Mullet

Hockey haircut mullet

If it wasn’t for the faded sideburns, this slicked back hockey hair with some flow could be from the 90s. It looks as good now as it did back then.

27. Mullet + Full Beard

Hockey hair and beard

If you can grow long hair like this, do it.

28. Mullet Fade + Hair Design

Mullet with fade and hair design

Slicked back style and faded sides make this haircut all about the flow.

29. Slicked Back Hair

Short mullet haircut and beard

Another hipster mullet, this is a clean cut look all over with some length at the neckline.

Mullets looks so good with wavy and curly hair that some guys even get a perm.

30. Curly Mullet Haircut For Toddler Boys

Curly mullet haircut for boys

If this kid looks this cool, imagine how good you could look with this cut.

31. Mullet For Boys

This cool look is heavier at the front than the back.

32. Permed Mullet

Permed curly mullet Asian men

If you could look this good, you’d get a perm too.

33. Wavy Mullet

Wavy mullet haircut men

Natural texture gives this cool cut plenty of volume.

34. Long Curly Mullet

Long curly mullet hair men

Keeping bangs long enough to have texture makes this look more modern than the retro straight fringe look.

35. Curly At The Back

Permed mullet men

This business is all business and this party is all party.

36. Short Curly Mullet

Short curly mullet men

Keep cool with this shorter mullet style with just enough flow.

37. Wavy Mullet

Wavy mullet haircut

This cool look is cut to enhance waves and texture.

38. Choppy Mullet

Choppy mullet haircut for boys

Take that texture to the next level with this jagged look.

39. Mullet Haircut For Thick Hair

Mullet haircut for thick hair

Layers lighten up this thick hair and bring out texture.

You really can combine the mullet with any hairstyle.

40. Flat Top + Flow

Flat top mullet hair

The flat top is a retro men’s haircut that has plenty of modern appeal. Combine it with a mullet for an unexpected combination.

41. Flat Top + Fade

Flat top vs flow haircut

With a short flat top, the business at the front of this mullet haircut is all business. In contrast, the party at the back lets loose with a curl.

42. Flat Top Fade + Mullet

Classic flat top haircut with mullet

With just enough length  at the back to be called a mullet, this short haircut has more hair at the back than the top.

With long hair, you can really commit to the mullet.

43. Mullet + Bangs

Long hair men mullet haircut

This is a classic men’s haircut with bangs that just keeps going at the neck.

44. Jagged Mullet

Long textured mullet haircut

Mullets can be styled any way you like. With pointed edges and a few spikes, this long at the back men’s haircut is more rocker than hockey.

45. 1970s Mullet

1970s mullet haircut

A mustache and long sideburns give this long mullet hairstyles a 1970s look and feel.

46. Classic Mullet

Your classic mullet

With short fringe, a long neck, and layering all over this is as classic as the mullet gets.

47. Long Men’s Hair

Medium hair and a mullet in back

Even without long hair at the back, this is a bold look. It might be a rat tail, but that’s still a type of mullet.

Guide to mullet haircuts for men

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Hair mullet thick

A well-known favorite from the 80s is trending again: the mullet. The cut has evolved over time (thank goodness) and its toned-down version is sure to win over even the greatest mullet-skeptics.

So, what is a mullet? Let’s get a quick overview of this classic 80s haircut, known for its “business in the front, party in the back” style: The long bangs in the front transition to short hair at the sides, while the hair at the back is left long. David Bowie, famous for both his music and his hair, was certainly a fan. Today, a few decades later, we’re seeing a mullet comeback – and the hairstyle is crowning the heads of numerous trendsetters.

Who can pull off a mullet?

Punk look: Make sure you choose the right mullet for your hair type 

To be fair: whoever gets a mullet haircut needs some courage to pull it off. This is especially true when it comes to the more extreme mullet cut: long messy bangs, sides shaved very short, and hair at the back of at least shoulder-length. At the moment, the softer, toned-down version of this 80s hairstyle is particularly trendy. And how does that look? The bangs reach to the eyebrows, and the hair near the temples is layered so that the transition to the longer section in the back doesn’t seem as extreme. This creates a softer look that can also take on a more romantic feel.

Tip: Because the mullet can be cut in different ways, it’s recommended to select a mullet hairstyle that suits your hair type. Go in for a consultation with a professional hair stylist to make sure you’re getting the cut that’s best for you.

You could always dye your locks to stand out even more!

The contemporary mullet hairstyle looks the most modern on those with thicker hair, since it plays up the volume, than on those with thin, straight hair. However, if you have your heart set on getting a modern mullet but have finer hair, styling it correctly can help! For fine hair, work a texturizing balm into your hair and follow up with volumizing powder to add fullness.

The mullet also suits women with natural curls. The soft layered transition from the bangs to the length in the back provides a contemporary look that compliments those curls. To make sure your curly mullet doesn’t end up looking like a ball of frizz, just make sure you add some product while styling. After washing, work a hazelnut-sized amount of mousse into your hair and then dry using a diffuser. Treat your ends to some hair oil and you’re ready to go!

Hair Tutorial: How To Do A Modern Mullet Haircut

Shags and mullets: navigating this season’s most desired hairstyles

‘Here’s the thing about mullets,’ James Pecis – legendary hair stylist and Session Stylist for Oribe – told us over a recent Zoom call. ‘You say mullet and everyone laughs… but really it’s just a super heavy fringe with some length in the back. It doesn’t always have to be an extreme Canadian hockey player or Australian surfer mullet.’ 

It’s true that the mullet has been undergoing something of a makeover lately, going from one of the most derided hairstyles of the 20th century to one of the most cultivated cuts of the 21st. Whether you’re thinking of trying a full-blown ‘Canadian hockey player’ look or going for the more subtle ‘shag’ look that Pecis’ describes, it’s best to consider all your options before taking to the scissors. 

To help, we’ve asked hair stylist and fellow Orbie representative Nicci Welsh to talk us through it all. 

Mullet or shag? 

Dress, by Chanel. ‘Koam’ sideboard, by Jean-Marie Massaud, for Zanat, from Viaduct. ‘Repp Stripe’ rug by Thom Browne for The Rug Company

‘If you are thinking of trying a shag or a mullet, two of the trending cuts of the season, there are a few pointers you need to know,’ says Welsh. 

‘A mullet is cut short in the front and on the sides, but left untouched or longer in the back. Although hair will be longer in the back, you will only see a short hairstyle straight on.

‘A shag haircut stays longer all the way around the edges, with lots of internal layers. These shorter layers create volume around the crown, which you often loose with a longer layered haircut. This look gives the perception of having longer hair,’ Welsh continues.

‘You can take these looks one step further by attempting the shaggy mullet. The shaggy mullet is a choppy layered combination of the two styles.’

Finding the cut that best suits your hair texture 

Jacket and mini skirt, by Dolce & Gabbana. Shoes and earrings both by Aeyde. ‘Koam’ sideboard, by Jean-Marie Massaud, for Zanat, from Viaduct. ‘Bai Lu’ chair, by Neri & Hu, for Lema. ‘Loom’ fabric in Plaster, by Mark Alexander

‘Hair types play a big role with the outcome of these styles,’ says Welsh. ‘Going along with this, hair and scalp health are the main foundation of any amazing hairstyle.’ 

Unsurprisingly, Welsh recommends looking to Oribe’s wide range of products to ensure hair is as healthy as possible, and we have to agree that the luxury haircare brand offers the best selection for all hair-health concerns. 

‘A shag haircut creates fullness from the layers, which is great for fine hair,’ says Welsh. ‘Using Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse will help pump up the volume, giving your hair an even fuller look.

‘If you have thick, straight hair, both the shag and mullet will suit you. Use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to bring out the texture in your hair, while adding lift and volume.

‘Curly hair is best for a mullet, as it creates the perception of a narrow shape to your head. If you want to enhance your curls, use Oribe Curl Control Silkening Crème, which includes a beautiful blend of oils that helps define your curls, while controlling frizz.’ 

Finding the haircut that best suits your face shape 

Dress, by Loewe. Earrings by Aeyde

‘If you have a wide jawline, the face-framing layers of a shag can soften the face frame. Finish the shag look off with Oribe Airstyle Flexible Finish Cream. The product’s natural flower wax blend creates touchable, reworkable texture, giving it that on-trend finish,’ advises Welsh.

‘Avoid either look for small or narrow foreheads, as it will create the illusion of a smaller face. Instead, opt for a longer, sweeping curtain fringe that pulls away from your face. 

‘A mullet cut can also even out a long face with a sharp or more prominent jawline. Use Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax to bring out a feathery texture to the back while adding some structure to the top.’ § 


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As far as makeovers go, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a hair transformation—especially when before and after photos are involved. So, in the name of Renovation Month, we’re resurfacing this incredibly satisfying story that was originally published in August 2018.

As someone with long, curly hair — the kind that frequently feels like a more powerful accessory than a favorite necklace or pair of shoes — I spend a decent amount of time thinking about the connection between the stuff that grows out of my head and the stuff that goes on inside of it. In other words, I’m deeply intrigued by the close interplay between hair and identity. Considering that hair can be easily altered, that it’s programmed to grow back no matter what you do to it, isn’t it fascinating that we imbue it with so much power?

The truth is, a dramatic haircut really can feel like a seismic shift, not only in terms of how you look but also in terms of how you dress and how you act. That’s why committing to getting one takes guts. It takes extra guts when the dramatic haircut in question is one you never thought you’d get, which is exactly the kind of chop four Man Repeller community members received last week at the hands of Hairstory stylist Wes Sharpton. Read about their experiences below (spoiler alert: It’s a real treat).

A roundish, neck-length shag.

From an emotional standpoint, I was afraid I wouldn’t like how the haircut turned out and then I would have to walk around with it on my head for months. I was also worried my potential disappointment would justify not taking more risks in the future. From a practical standpoint, having long hair is pretty handy. Mine is textured enough that when it’s long, I can twist it into a bun without a hair tie and it stays put. I knew if I cut it off, I would miss that.

At the same time, I recognized that my hair would always grow back. I started to understand that my underlying fear was more about how I would explain why I cut it. Was I rejecting femininity? Was I embracing femininity? My long hair has always been one of the first things people associated with me. It was tied to my identity, even though that’s not what I intended when I let it grow out. It wasn’t a statement, but it was a safety blanket — a part of myself that I didn’t have to question. I fretted that a major change in my appearance would reveal the existence of my inner identity turmoil, which in high school is a particularly terrifying prospect. As someone who likes to maintain an assured persona, I wondered what it would feel like to expose that I have absolutely no idea who I am.

Ultimately, I decided to ignore my existential angst. I decided I don’t need to justify myself to other people and, most importantly, that I can be excited by the idea of not having everything figured out yet and just cut my hair already.

Chopping my hair was liberating. I didn’t notice how much it weighed me down both physically and metaphorically. Wes did such a great job, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. It definitely has me living in my ’70s dreamscape.

Judging by how well the haircut turned out, I’ll be taking more risks in the future. I think this shag will be my gateway to loosening up in general. Looking back, I realize that I shouldn’t have been so nervous, and I wish I had chopped it off sooner. Sigh. I guess I need to buy some hair ties now.


What’s the one haircut you never thought you’d get?

A mullet.

Why were you initially opposed? What made you change your mind?

It’s definitely a fraught hairstyle. For a long time, when I thought “mullet,” an image of Billy Ray Cyrus in the ’90s would pop into my head, which isn’t generally what I’m trying to emulate. For years, the prospect of any haircut, let alone a risky one, was unthinkable to me, and even as I’ve slowly come to embrace new lengths and colors, I’ve still stayed within a certain comfort zone. However, after moving to Bushwick (which I assume has the most mullets per capita of any New York neighborhood), I started seeing ones that were both fashionable and feminine, and this new versatility really intrigued me. At a certain point I realized it was time for me to evolve past my blunt cut (maintained via dull scissors in dorm rooms), so I cautiously committed to getting the haircut I’d become so preoccupied with: the mullet!

How did it feel to finally take the plunge? Do you like it?

It felt exciting and nerve-wracking. I was so disoriented on my way to the salon that I nearly entered through the building’s freight entrance. Nevertheless, I eventually arrived at the proper address and I couldn’t be happier with the final product! My sister compared it to Joan Jett’s hair on the I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll album and I didn’t even have to bait her to say it, so it’s been really ideal.

How do you think this haircut will affect the way you act?

I’m hoping that as I inhabit a hairstyle that’s more unruly, I’ll allow myself to loosen up more with my appearance. I tend to dress with a certain exactness. It’s exhilarating for me to steam my clothes each morning and it’s really important for me to feel like the colors in my outfits coordinate and that my overall appearance is fairly polished. Especially coupled with the bold makeup and jewelry I’m inclined to wear, I feel like this jagged mullet is going to add some really cool dissonance to my more “put together” ensembles, and I’m so stoked to play with that!


What’s the one haircut you never thought you’d get?

A buzz cut.

Why were you initially opposed? What made you change your mind?

I don’t know if I was exactly opposed, but I’d long orbited the style and was looking for a sign (I ended up receiving multiple). Part of my motivation was simply pragmatism. I had so much thick hair, which was expensive and took a lot of time to maintain, but I’d never gone shorter than a bob or had so much new growth in my hair’s natural state.

Some of my motivation stemmed from growing up and being told that having “good” or “long” hair is important. I could write many books on what learning that as a Black girl has meant for my Black adult self (or how the generational wisdom regarding the aesthetics Black women passed on to Black girls to ensure a smoother existence in a non-Black public plays out in 2018). But, long story short, my baby rebellion of opting for only slightly shorter hair just wasn’t cutting it (haha) anymore.

And some of it, I’ll admit, was stress and sadness: I just moved back to New York, and I’m working a ton but am still beyond broke. The idea of getting a buzzcut was my means of navigating the recent loss of my grandmother/personal style icon PLUS the gooey, complicated space of hurt/-ful family. Hair maintenance was starting to feel like a symbolical rehashing of all these dilemmas every day, and I was never satisfied with any one style.

With all that in mind, going home for my Nana’s service earlier this month involved taking in a lot of photos and realizing that her stylistic “peak” involved — and had kind of always involved — little-to-no hair. A huge chop suddenly felt like a good way to feel a little less stuck, a little more in touch with her memory, and to realize my agency at this stage of my life.

How did it feel to finally take the plunge? Do you like it?

It felt fine — until the day before, which felt more, “Oh…wait shit, really?” The subway ride to the deed itself was spent in a full-on dissociative, wide-eyed dream state. But in the chair, watching my hair fall was somehow easy. It also helped that Wes and Louisiana were amazing at building the hype and reassuring me that this was indeed a Good Decision. For now, I’m easing into feeling the wind on my scalp and always seeing my absurdly small ears. I’ve already forgotten how I look with a head full of hair — and that’s very cool.

How do you think this haircut will affect the way you act?

I’m excited about observing a potential shift in my behavior, because hair is at once so personal and interpersonal! Right now I feel pretty mousy/hyper-aware because the shave is so fresh, but with time I’ll be out in the world and dealing with strangers, more settled into the new look. There are public social advantages large and small that I’m sure I’ve exchanged just by getting rid of my hair — that snap association with more normative “pretty” femininity being the main one — and seeing that change in the way people interact with me might in turn have its own impact on my general attitude.

I see myself with the buzz, though, as…kinda no-bullshit? For sure a teensy bit “smirking sunglasses emoji.” The cut itself notwithstanding, I’ve gone through a lot of hard adjustments in the past 12+ months. Buzzing off my hair feels like I’ve launched a change on my own terms for something that matters to me, which makes it possible to look back with more pride on what I have accomplished over the past year (new hair, new context?). Time will tell if my longstanding aesthetic of “eccentric celestial aunt/grandma who spent ten formative years on the Upper West Side” will survive the cut, though; if it doesn’t, I imagine more of a “Sailor Scout estate sale clothes shopping for themed club parties” vibe is my next logical style step.


What’s the one haircut you never thought you’d get?

Baby bangs! I have fine, thin hair that is on the wavy/curly line and I have a very hard time finding the right person to cut it. My last two haircuts were way too short and not what I wanted (basically cutting all my hair off), so I’ve been trying to grow it out since January.

And yet! I have a dream haircut — a blunt bob around my chin with baby bangs. I am totally into the bob but am scared to death of the bangs. I’ve tried bangs before, but long ones. In grad school, I flat-ironed them and left the rest curly (oh, the mistakes of youth) and the rest of the time I’ve just pushed them to the side and grown them out.

I’d decided to get the long bob but without the bangs, even though I wanted them, because I felt like they wouldn’t work for me. But dammit, shouldn’t I just go for it for once? I’m 39 years old. If not now, when???

Why were you initially opposed? What made you change your mind?

Bangs don’t usually work on my curly hair. I’ve never worn curly bangs as they are hard to control and they make me feel self-conscious. For some reason, wearing them straight across my forehead and curly seemed somehow aggressive and “too much,” and I was worried about the amount of time and effort styling would take. But I had a hair inspiration folder that was 95 percent curly short bangs — it’s clearly what I wanted, so why not just go for it?

How did it feel to finally take the plunge? Do you like it?

I was really on the fence in the days preceding my cut. I (hopefully) have a job interview coming up and didn’t want to change my hair right before, and I was also worried about not liking the cut and being stuck with a high-maintenance style. But the whole point was that this was supposed to be a haircut that terrified me, right?

I love the cut. Wes really cared about working with my hair and teaching me how to style it. He kept the length in the front and just trimmed the back and bangs. It wasn’t long enough for the bob length but it looks good as is and will grow into what I want. And the bangs — they are a miracle. I just air dry everything and the bangs come out perfectly. Not too long, not too short, and they sit well with their natural texture. I’m actually wearing them across my forehead, big and bushy! It’s outside of my comfort zone, but I like it!

How do you think this haircut will affect the way you act?

I’ve been on a journey of expressing myself through my clothes and style without being so concerned about standing out or what other people think. I recently lost over 100 pounds and am slowly discovering the ways in which I was suppressing my style for fear of standing out (I thought if I wasn’t making an effort, no one could judge me). I’ve completely rebuilt my wardrobe since then, purchasing the majority of my new stuff from vintage or secondhand stores. I’ve found myself buying really unique pieces that I love but then not wearing them, so I started a new policy called “wear your clothes!” I now wear everything I love as a result, even if I think it makes me stand out or is a bit weird. It’s been completely liberating.

I’ve finally stepped outside my comfort zone in favor of a hairstyle that’s a little zany — curly, a bit boxy, with short bangs. And instead of feeling self-conscious about it, I feel confident and at peace. This is me being who I am for me, not for anyone else. So what if I’ve got some wild bangs? I feel like it’s all part of the process of me coming out of my shell and living life for me.

Photos by Louisiana Mei Gelpi.


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